The Office of Information Technology Engages in EDUCAUSE Conference

November 07, 2017


 ((Left to right) Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Rosalind Ong presenting at the EDUCAUSE Poster Session.)

Written by: Rosalind Ong, OIT Project Coordinator

The UTSA Office of Information Technology staff including Assistant Vice Provost of IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong presented at the 2017 EDUCAUSE conference. The conference was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 31 to November 3, 2017. Below are highlights of the events that the OIT team participated in during the 2017 EDUCAUSE Conference.

  • Kenon served as a panelist for The EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues feature session. This session provided attendees the opportunity to hear strategic directions to share with their institutional leadership from a panel of IT leaders on the top 10 IT issues identified for 2018. The top 10 list will officially be published in January, for more stories on the EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues, visit the following digital magazines: EdTech, ECampusNews, and EdScoop.

Vanessa at EDUCAUSE Conference

(Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., presenting during the EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues session.)

  • In addition to the EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues session, Dr. Kenon filmed an EDUCAUSE video interview to promote the release of IT issues list including student success.

Vanessa being interviewed at EDUCAUSE

(Vanessa Hammler Kenon Ed.D., being interviewed for a video on the EDUCAUSE 2018 Top 10 IT Issues.)

  • During the DubLabs Unifying Mobility conference, a preconference event to the EDUCAUSE conference, Dr. Kenon presented, sharing insights of how mobile applications, such as the UTSAMobile App, support student success. For more information on DubLabs, click here.

2017 EDUCAUSE Conference

(Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., presenting at the DubLabs Unifying Mobility Conference.)

  • During the conference, Dr. Kenon, iPASS grant principal investigator and Ong, iPASS grant project lead participated in the iPASS convening on and were part of a special poster session reception attended by the Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum CIO participants. They also had a second poster session the following day in the EDUCAUSE Vendor Exhibit Hall. For more information on the iPASS grant, click here.


(Rosalind Ong discussing the UTSA iPASS project with Diana G. Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President Emeritus during the iPASS Convening Poster Session.)

  • Ong was invited to join the Education Community Advisory Group and represent the UTSA iPASS team at a special summit, Leading the Movement, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The session focused on shaping the development of a shared education platform for networked collaboration. For more information on the BMGF, click here.

A naming exercise at EDUCAUSE

(Exercise at the Leading the Movement Summit.)

  • While at the conference, Dr. Kenon and Ong were also able to participate in the New Media Consortium (NMC) Scaling Solutions Toolkit special invitation workshop, which reviewed the toolkit released in summer of 2017. Dr. Kenon had a role in designing the toolkit during a previous the Online Learning Consortium International Conference with the NMC. For more information on the NMC Scaling Solutions Toolkit, click here.

Discussions at EDUCAUSE Conference

(Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. engaging in discussion with other higher education professionals at the NMC Scaling Solutions workshop.)

  • Dr. Kenon was invited to join the EDUCAUSE 2018 Annual Conference Program Committee to help plan next year’s conference. For her role on the committee, she participated in sessions that provided an “orientation before participating in a design-thinking workshop in preparation for their role in shaping the member-driven content and experiences for the conference (” The 2018 EDUCAUSE conference will be held in Denver, Colorado. For more information on the EDUCAUSE conference, click here.

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference hosts professionals and technology providers from around the world to enable them to network, share ideas, and discover solutions to today’s challenges (